An incredibly entertaining read, full of epic video-game like battles, Russian landscapes and old babushkas who fight with scythes.
Mikhail Elizarov, born in 1973 in the Ukraine, studied philosophy and film direction in Kharkov and worked as a cameraman in the 1990s. He then moved to Hanover, Germany to study cinema. In 2001, his first novel Fingernails caught the attention of the media and was shortlisted for the Andrei Bely Prize and his fourth novel The Librarian was awarded the 2008 Russian Booker Prize. Mikhail Elizarov has also written short stories and essays and contributes to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and magazines including GQ and Playboy. He currently lives in Germany.